Multiple Rounds Of Vaccination Destroys, Torments and Kills Her Young Siberian Husky
Vaccines are not just killing, damaging, and injuring children and adults at alarming rates — pet owners are also coming forward with their horror stories of losing their healthy pets to severe vaccine reactions, including death. Adverse reactions such as chronic pet disabilities, autoimmune diseases, anaphylaxis, and allergies, are some of the growing concerns that need to be further examined. Kimberly Dalton shares her story of her Siberian Husky, Keiko, and her devastating experience of witnessing her beloved dog suffer and decline. Kim hopes that pet owners will never have to endure what she did with her sweet Keiko and shares her tragic story to raise awareness and educate.
“My ex-boyfriend and I adopted Keiko as a puppy in December 2010, right before Christmas. A beautiful Siberian Husky with gorgeous, striking, ice-blue eyes, who loved to cuddle and snuggle. She was our world. But as life would have it, things didn’t work out between him and me, so we broke up and I kept Keiko. This picture was taken after we had taken her to the veterinarian for her 2nd set of shots before I knew better!
This photo was also the beginning of the end for her – what would eventually turn into her death sentence. Notice her eyes are almost swollen shut due to a vaccine reaction. I remember calling into work that day and stayed home because I wanted to make sure Keiko was okay. At the time, I had no idea she was experiencing a severe vaccine reaction. Vividly, I remembered she yelped out in pain throughout that day and kept trying to “rub” her eyes, after we brought her home. Forever, I will remember that and carry that guilt.
When we first got her vaccinated, after we adopted her, she had reactions to vaccines. We were not sure from which one at the time, but her eyes would swell shut after vaccinations. The vet recognized this and shared that her first set of shots set her up to react after the 2nd round of vaccines. We were told, “this was not preventable and it just happens.” To counter that, the vet would give her a Cortisone shot before her booster shots at every visit. When Keiko could not get rid of what the vet claimed was “kennel cough,” he kept giving her Bordetella shots, with the Cortisone shot beforehand to “counter” any reaction.
This went on for over a year and a half and she kept receiving the Bordetella WITH the Cortisone, every 4-6 weeks, over the course of that year and a half. Never mind the fact she was hardly around other dogs, except for my best friend’s dog every now and then. How could she have gotten a chronic case of kennel cough!? It wasn’t kennel cough! From what I’ve read, the Bordetella shot is the worst for reactions and that’s what the vet kept giving her, which was the vaccine she was allergic to!! How did I not know any better?? How did I not question this??
Three months before Keiko died, our orange cat, Riley, died unexpectedly. Keiko began acting depressed and isolating herself due to Riley’s passing. Those two were like two peas in a pod. When I contacted our current vet to order a necropsy on Riley, instead of being sympathetic and compassionate, he told me verbatim, “It’s already been a rough start to the morning and you’re not making it any better!” From that day, we never returned – Keiko was always afraid of that vet anyway!
Luckily we found a new veterinarian that we loved dearly who performed the necropsy. She was the doctor who referred Keiko and me to VA Tech initially, after Keiko did not get better from taking medication for seven days. This vet initially thought the bumps on her inner thigh were tick bites causing her to walk funny and not jump – since this is also a side effect of Lyme’s Disease.
This vet is passionate about what she does for a living, loves her job, and cares for animals. From her traditional vet training, she believes vaccines are good, but does not get they’re not “a one size fits all.” I respect this vet’s opinion, but she does not believe Keiko’s condition was from the vaccines. From my observations and from consulting with other vets worldwide, I completely disagree.
Keiko actually bit my mom and me the night before she passed – something she would have never, ever done in a million years! She was having a “pain spell,” crying out in pain, and didn’t understand why, so she snapped at us. Keiko didn’t break the skin on my mom due to my mom’s cell phone blocking her teeth, but she sure nipped my hands pretty good. She took off running to the deck door and I let her outside in the backyard that night. I knew it was getting close and tried ALL night to coax her in, but she wouldn’t. She knew she had hurt me and I believe she knew it was getting close.
I ended up putting Keiko’s favorite blanket out on the deck around 4:00 a.m. and got roughly an hour and a half of sleep. Around 6:00 a.m., I went to check on her again and saw she was curled up on her the blanket on the deck. Opened the door to let her inside for her to have another pain spell and she cried out as she stepped into the house. So I stepped out and shut the door. Wasn’t sure if she was going to try to bite me again, not understanding why she was in pain. I couldn’t stand to see her that way or hear her in pain; that cry of suffering is something I’ll always remember. When I came back in the house, she cowered down on the other side of the kitchen table and lifted her eyes ever so slightly. Her eyes expressed it all and I can still vividly see that look to this very day. She was tired and she was ready…
Keiko crossed the Rainbow Bridge, peacefully, on March 28, 2014, at 2:15 p.m. in the family room, laying on her favorite blanket, with me spooning her and holding her head, while I told her over and over how much I loved her and how sorry I was. That is by far the hardest decision I have EVER had to make — one that still pains me. Keiko was barely 3-1/2 years old! She died from mast cell tumor disease AND an adrenal tumor that was so big, it was cutting into the circulation of her aorta (the largest artery that takes blood from the heart to the rest of the body). The mast cell tumors were located on the inside of her leg. When we did discover all of this, after two trips each to Virginia Tech and North Carolina State, they both found her body was eaten up all over with cancer.
It took me almost three years, right around the three year anniversary of her death to realize what I had done to her. What her vet had done to her. I tried figuring out for years why it happened to Keiko, especially with her being so young, vibrant, and healthy. After constantly researching, it finally all made sense and hit me like a ton of bricks when I fit the puzzle pieces together. It literally took my breath away – I just sobbed and sobbed. Her body was not capable of breaking down the histamines that were caused by the Bordetella Vaccine because she was ALLERGIC to it. The steroid shot was causing stress on her adrenals because her body was way into overdrive, trying to handle something that it didn’t agree with. Keiko couldn’t show me the reactions because they were being masked by the Cortisone and by the time the aftermath was found, it was too late. Can’t even describe that guilt to you. Unreal!
She was absolutely everything to me and I still cry to this day over losing her. She didn’t have to die so young and die the way she did! I had a hand in her death, even though I didn’t know any better. That is something I have to live with every day and I don’t think I’ll ever forgive myself for that. I still see her in my dreams from time-to-time — some good, some bad. I wake up in tears every time.
It was the hardest thing I’ve ever been through. She really was everything to me! My sidekick, my partner in crime, my shotgun rider, my comfort – especially when I went through that terrible break up with my ex. My “blanket” on those cold night (haha), my ice cream stealer – lol, my world – everything you could imagine!!”
Please research!! Even if people think you’re crazy, vaccine reactions and injuries are SO real for both humans and pets. It happens more often than you realize. People think I’m crazy when I share my story, but I don’t care. Keiko’s story needs to be heard and if I can get one person to change their mind or just spark interest for someone to look into vaccines, whether for them, their children, and/or their pets, then I feel Keiko’s death was NOT in vain. I just wish to God I had known better. If so, Keiko would still be here to see my sweet daughter. She loved kids so much!
The last picture is one of my favorites of her, three days before she crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I kept praying that God would let it snow one more time for her, as she loved the snow, and I knew she wouldn’t make it to the following winter or likely much longer. There was NO snow in the forecast that week, yet we ended up getting a snowstorm out of nowhere! One of my best friends told me it was most certainly a “God thing” that it snowed for her, one last time. (Her stomach was shaved because of all the diagnostic testing and everything done in the couple of months leading up to her passing.)
Keiko was insured through VPI Pet Insurance. Bought the policy in October 2013 thinking I would never really need it, but would be a good thing to have – just in case. I’m so grateful I had it! Spent well over $5,000 in CT scans, MRIs, X-rays, ultrasounds, blood work, chemotherapy (pills), and more. VPI reimbursed me $3, 529! They even covered some of the costs for me to help her cross the Rainbow Bridge.”
Raising awareness is essential, and being an advocate for animal welfare and their health rights is critical. Veterinarians are speaking out, raising questions, and are challenging vaccine pet policies. Veterinary News Magazine featured a story examining the trend in vaccinating pets less while paying close attention to risk assessment.
The “Rabies Challenge Fund” Charitable Trust was created with the mission to “determine the duration of immunity conveyed by Rabies Vaccines. The goal is to extend the required interval for rabies boosters to five and then to seven years.”
The original pet vaccination schedule was based on little to no research about the frequency of annual revaccination and whether this offers any more immunity than extending to longer intervals with special focus on the Rabies Vaccine. Discover more about “Duration of Immunity to Canine Vaccines: What We Know and Don’t Know” from Dr. Schultz, a retired Professor and Chair of the Department of Patho-biological Sciences from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Interested in learning about the side effects and adverse reactions to vaccines in pets? Review some of the common side effects and negative vaccine reactions in pets courtesy of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
Seek a veterinarian that understands the complex issues pets face as a result of vaccinations and being over-vaccinated, including injuries and death. Do your research, investigate further, and connect with a holistic or integrative veterinarian who is current on their research, on the cutting-edge of what is recommended and necessary based on your individual pet’s heath care needs. Learn from Kimberly and Keiko’s heart-wrenching story and be open to listening to other courageous pet guardians who come forward with their painful vaccine injury, vaccine-induced reactions, and vaccine death experiences.
“Keiko’s story needs to be heard and shared. Awareness MUST be made to stop this cruelty and injustice!!” – Kimberly Dalton & Keiko
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